R, 97 min.
Director: Josh Boone
Writer: Josh Boone
Cast: Greg Kinnear, Jennifer Connelly, Lily Collins
An acclaimed writer, his ex-wife, and their teenaged children come to terms with the complexities of love in all its forms over the course of one tumultuous year.
Rotten Tomatoes: 60%
Three years past his divorce, veteran novelist Bill Borgens (Academy Award (R) nominee Greg Kinnear) can’t stop obsessing over, let alone spying on, his ex-wife Erica (Academy Award (R) winner Jennifer Connelly), who ignominiously left him for another man.
Even as his neighbor-with-benefits, Tricia (Kristen Bell) tries to push him back into the dating pool, he remains blind to anyone else’s charms. Meanwhile, his fiercely independent collegiate daughter Samantha (Lily Collins) is publishing her first novel while recoiling at the very thought of first love with a diehard romantic (Logan Lerman); and his teen son Rusty (Nat Wolff) is trying to find his voice, both as a fantasy writer and as the unexpected boyfriend of a dream girl with her own problems.
As each of these situations mounts into a tangled trio of romantic holiday crises, it brings the Borgens to surprising revelations about how endings become beginnings. (c) Millenium
Bill, his son Rusty, and daughter Samantha are all writers. Bill is a seasoned, published author who hasn’t written anything since his wife left him, Samantha has just published her first novel but refuses to sign a copy for her mother, and Rusty doesn’t know if he wants to be a writer even though he idolizes Stephen King.
Having said all that, Stuck in Love isn’t about writing. It’s about characters who just happen to be writers. It’s about the intricacies of their relationships — new ones formed, old ones rekindled, broken ones fixed. And that’s where the movie shines.